We had the good fortune of connecting with Miya Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Miya, how do you think about risk?
Take the risk or lose the chance! T.S. Eliot said that “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far to go.” As I take a look at my life and my career thus far, I realize my life has been nothing but taking risks. As a creative, I believe our biggest fear is feeling boxed in, personally and professionally. I’ve steered away from situations and some opportunities that gave me a sense of feeling “boxed in,” and because of that the only language I’ve embraced, is taking risks. Being a risk taker can be immensely scary. Scary of not knowing the outcome, scary of sometimes taking the opposite route of what may not seem normal, and scary by just jumping out on faith. I’ve learned it’s almost like painting an abstract picture using every color – every bit of resource and creating a masterpiece. It’s not always the easiest, but it’s worth it. It’s worth the sacrifices that lead you to the freedom we all search and long for. If you never take a risk, how will you truly achieve your dreams? For myself, taking risks has and still allows me to gain different experiences, learn my way through it and live it out. I sometimes took opportunities that seemed too big and some that I knew I probably wasn’t full ready for but I think that’s another way in how you grow. Professionally, if I never left where I was born and raised, and dropped everything to pursue my dreams I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve failed many of times but if I gave up and did not learn from those failures, I wouldn’t have the knowledge and skill-set to provide the services I provide to artists and to the world. It’s about perspective and sometimes looking at the word “risk” not thinking “what’s the chances of me not succeeding?” to “What’s the worst thing that could happen, if I fail? Just find a different route that might actually work!” I challenge anyone that I cross paths with, to challenge themselves to live outside their comfort zone and bet on yourself. Your inner-being will lead the way, you just have to trust it and trust it fully, & commit to it. Taking risks and mastering each season I’m in, is the mentality for myself, my career, and my business. Embrace the unknown, for that is the space were magic happens and dreams come true.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am where I am today due to drive, hard work, tough skin, constantly creating and never giving up on my dreams, most importantly – myself. I currently work in the music industry and a top label, but I’m most proud of the business I’ve started, Creative Castle Agency, which is a music consulting boutique agency – specializing in Marketing, Branding, and Publishing Administration. Lessons I’ve learned along the way is – Go Harder! I challenge myself everyday to continue to show up, for myself, my brand and my work.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Places to visit if in Atlanta – Oak Atlanta The Gathering Spot Apache Cafe Center Stage Tabernacle Whisky Mistress Slutty Vegan Places to visit if in New York – Spot Dessert Bar Vandal Webster Hall SOB’s NYC House of Yes ..go see a show on Broadway!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to all the Artists, Songwriters, Producers, Music Executives that impart into me and vice versa. To my parents and family who have supported me and my brother who has always been my motivation. To my Mentor, Bryon Wight at Epic Records, Also many thanks to, First Lady Michelle Obama, for her book “Becoming,” and DeVon Franklin who’s book “Produced By Faith: Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Self,” which was “self -care” for me, but has helped motivate and inspired me most recently.

Instagram: @msmiyaj

Image Credits
Leef Parks